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In Memoriam – Mark Bramble

It is with sadness ATPAM announces the death on February 20 of Manager Member Mark Bramble in Baltimore, MD. Brother Bramble was 68 years old and had been a member of ATPAM since 1979.

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Mark began his career in the 1970’s working as an apprentice to Producer David Merrick. He assisted General Manager Jack Schlissel on the Broadway production of Mack & Mabel. He was the Company Manager of the 1977 musical revue A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green and then was Assistant General Manager on the musical I Love My Wife.

Bramble will best be remembered, however, as a Broadway librettist, having written the books for The Grand Tour (1978), Barnum (1980) and as co-writer (with Michael Stewart) for the hit musical 42nd Street in 1980. He directed numerous productions of that musical around the world, including the 2001 revival on Broadway. He also wrote the books for 1984’s The Three Musketeers and Pieces of Eight.

Brother Bramble was nominated three times for a Tony Award: in 1980 for Best Book of a Musical (Barnum), in 1981 for Best Book of a Musical (42nd Street), and in 2001 for best Direction of a Musical (revival of 42nd Street).

Mark is survived by two brothers and their families, including numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations in his memory may be made to The Actors Fund’s Lillian Booth Actors Home.

He will be missed.

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